TMZ + Spider-Woman

Last Friday, TMZ reached out and asked me to comment on the latest Spider-Woman cover (you know, the one with the freaky pose).  It was a fun conversation, though contrary to their introduction I’m not particularly “outraged” or “upset”.  Just critical.

If you feel like watching the segment, it begins at the 17:25 mark.

What’s up?

What I’ve been doing lately:

1.  Going to San Diego Comic Con.  Check out my instagram page for some photos.
2.  Coming home and finishing the syllabus for my fall semester teaching at MIT.
3.  Heading to Martha’s Vineyard, where I’ve been for the last week and a half, writing and relaxing, eating too much pie (pie, pie, pie, everyday there’s pie), and hanging out with friends and family.
4.  I did mention the writing part, right?

Tonight, wandering after dinner, we ran into a massive crowd waiting outside a restaurant for President Obama. We hung out for a while with our friends, and just when we were falling asleep on our feet and talking about ditching the party, the Secret Service came through the crowd and checked a few of us out: a couple old women (“we go for the troublemakers first,” said the agent, with a smile), then me, my guy, our godson, and so on. I must admit, that part was kind of fun.

We never did get to see the President (the Secret Service parked a giant armored van in front of us, blocking the view), but that was more than fine.  It was still a fun evening hanging out with friends and family, enjoying the moment.  That’s what it’s all about, being with loved ones, in the moment.

Also, here’s the real star of the last week: Lola.  Not my little dog, but part of the family.

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SDCC Schedule

San Diego Comic Con is finally here, and this year I’m not only attending — I’m sharing a booth with some other amazing women (like romance novelist and comic book writer, Anne Elizabeth).  You’ll be able to find me at #2201 for most of the week, and I’ll be having daily giveaways of my novels and the SDCC exclusive print edition of my short story, “Sympathy for the Bones”.

Here’s my schedule, as of now.  I’ll also make daily updates via Twitter.

WEDNESDAY – PREVIEW NIGHT!

I’ll be signing at Booth #2201 and giving away my short story, “Sympathy for the Bones”.

FRIDAY:

11:00 AM – BOOTH #1028: MARJORIE LIU, ANTON STROUT & SEANAN MCGUIRE / Penguin Booth Signing — I’ll be signing copies of The Iron Hunt.

SATURDAY:

10:30-11:30 AM: FANTASTIC FEMALES: Heroines in Paranormal Fantasy (Room 8)
These authors know how to thrill readers with stories of kick-ass heroines who traverse the boundaries of other worlds and dimensions. Deborah Harkness (All Souls Trilogy), Marjorie Liu (Labyrinth of Stars), S.J. Harper (Reckoning), Christina Lauren (Sublime), Tonya Hurley (Blessed series), and moderator Chris Marie Green (Only the Good Die Young) discuss the paranormal elements in their action-packed novels that keep their protagonists on their toes and readers on the edge of their seats.

I’ll be signing right after the panel at AA09 in the Sails Pavilion, from 12:00-1:00 PM

SUNDAY:

11:00am – 12:30pm – Room 23ABC – The Secret Origins of Good Readers
How important is reading at an early age? Panelists will demonstrate how students can create their own comics in a classroom and the benefits of utilizing graphic novels in academic settings. They include New York Times bestselling author Frank Beddor (The Looking Glass Wars, Hatter M), writer Anina Bennett (Boilerplate, Heartbreakers), writer/editor Dave Elliot (Weirding Willows), librarian Karen Green (Columbia University),New York Times bestselling author Marjorie Liu (Astonishing X-Men, Dirk & Steele), Harvey Award nominee Connor McCreery (Kill Shakespeare), Nancy Silberkleit (co-CEO of Archie Comics) and comics retailer Mimi Cruz (Night Flight Comics). Secret Origin of Good Readers free 70+ page companion resource book PDF and reading lists at www.night-flight.com/secretorigin courtesy of XMission.com.

12:30- 1:30 pm – Room 23ABC – The Secret Origins Kids Club
A beginners introduction to comic book reading and the exciting choices available for kids! New York Times bestselling author Frank Beddor (The Looking Glass Wars, Hatter M), writer Anina Bennett (Boilerplate, Heartbreakers), writer/editor Dave Elliot (Weirding Willows), librarian Karen Green (Columbia University), New York Times bestselling author Marjorie Liu (Astonishing X-Men, Dirk & Steele), Harvey Award nominee Connor McCreery (Kill Shakespeare), Nancy Silberkleit (co-CEO of Archie Comics) and comics retailer Mimi Cruz (Night Flight Comics) present a variety of comic book selections. Kids get free comic books to keep at the end of the panel.

1:30 – 2:30 pm – Room 23ABCSuperheroines! Power, Responsibility, and Representation
Moderated by Racebending.com, an intersectional, all-women (social) Justice League of television creators, graphic novelists, artists, and cultural commentators will explore the topic of women in the superhero world. Featured panelists include Marjorie Liu (Astonishing X-Men), Marguerite Bennett (Batman), and Faith Erin Hicks (The Adventures of Superhero Girl), Dr. Andrea Letamendi (UnderTheMaskOnline.com), Joanna Estep (Bold Riley), and Jules Rivera (Valkyrie Squadron).

Happy 4th of July!

It has been a busy couple of weeks.  Took a quick trip up to Montreal, then went to California for a week-long workshop at VONA where I taught Popular Fiction to ten amazing writers.  I’ll be talking about that in another post.  Right now, I’m just catching up on work and emails.

Boston celebrated the 4th of July last night — there’s a storm moving in, and it’s supposed to be bad — so the festivities were rushed.  Actually, they were rushed even more than we realized, because the first wave of the storm hit us last night.  We still got to see the fireworks, though.  They were beautiful.  I have not seen a light show like that since I was a little girl, watching them at Long Wood Gardens outside Philadelphia.

And then, twenty minutes of wonderment later, it was done.  We were all sweaty and happy, and started the walk home.

Less than ten minutes later, the rain hit.

Now, as soon as fireworks stopped, we began seeing the lightning.  It seemed pretty far away, but who wants to be out in a storm?  We could take a hint.  We just didn’t expect the downpour.   Like, for real.  It was something out of a movie, or biblical apocalypse.  The sky opened and the waters fell from the heavens in one immense sideways slam.  In seconds I was soaked to the bone.  I might as well have jumped into a swimming pool, that’s how wet I got.

It was also amazing.  The most fun ever, running home in that crazy, crazy rain.  Hello, 4th of July, and the spirit of the unexpected.

I hope your holiday is equally joyful, and full of adventure and fun.

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Speaking Event – Berkeley, CA

Well, this is a last minute annoucement, but tomorrow (Thursday, June 26th) I’ll be participating in a group reading at Berkeley City College (2050 Center Street, Berkeley), starting at 7 pm.  The event is free and open to the public, but get there early if you want a seat.  Authors will include Junot Diaz, Tananarive Due, David Mura, and many others.  I don’t know if there will be an official signing, but if you bring your books I’ll absolutely sign them.

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